Howard Wins Volleyball Title

Washington, DC~  The Howard University Lady Bison cleaned house over the weekend, and have laid claim to the MEAC Volleyball Championship. The defeated North Carolina A&T in the championship match on Sunday.

The Bison claimed the MEAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Selection Show will be on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Jurnee Tipton led the Bison (20-10) with nine kills on a night when offense was at a premium. She had 12 digs to go with her offensive production, while Tamia Dockery added 28 assists and 14 digs for yet another double-double.

Both Tipton and Dockery were named to the All-Tournament Team, as was Outstanding Performer Kira Porter.

Fola Wilson led the Howard defense with 20 digs.

“This was an ugly game offensively,” Shaun Kupferberg, Howard head coach and the tournament’s Outstanding Coach, said. “And a lot of that has to do with A&T’s defense. They’re a defensive-minded team, just like us, and that showed through tonight.”

Both teams hit below .100 for the match, and in the first two sets, the Aggies – the No. 3 seed from the Southern Division – were game. In fact, the Aggies (14-12) were within two late in the first set, having cut the lead to 24-23.

But Tipton answered with a kill on the next point, giving the Bison a 1-0 lead in their fifth straight championship match appearance.

North Carolina A&T State then jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the second set, finding that margin on an Edie Brewer kill. But the Bison answered by scoring 10 of the next 14 points, tying the set at 12-12 after Courtney Dalton and Indira Dandridge paired on a block.